March 2004

FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2004

Carl Lewis to Welcome Young Athletes to the Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days

WALNUT, Calif., March 16, 2004— Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis will welcome the nearly 7,000 young athletes who compete in track and field events at the Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days to be held April 2 and 3 at Mt. SAC’s Hilmer Lodge Stadium.

Joining Lewis for the Youth Days opening ceremony will be Olympic Committee Vice Chair Anita DeFrantz and 1936 Olympic champion Louis Zamperini.

The Youth Days portion of the Mt. SAC Relays consists of two days of track and field competition and instruction for youth in grades 3 through 8. The Youth Days competition has been sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Foundation (AAF) of Los Angeles for the past 19 years, and this year’s event will recognize its 220,000 competitor.

“If you want to see some great, spirited competition by thousands of enthusiastic young boys and girls, you don’t want to miss this exciting portion of the Relays,” said Youth Days Director Don Ruh.

In addition to the two days of competition, the Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days also provides elementary, middle, and junior high school students the opportunity to have a staff of Mt. SAC coaches and athletes visit their schools and provide track and field instruction through clinics and all-school assemblies, which are offered free of charge.

The AAF - Mt. SAC Relays Youth Days is a nonprofit Olympic Development project. The 46th Mt. SAC Relays—competition for high school, college, university, and world-class athletes—will be run April 8, and April 16-18.

For more information about Youth Days, call the Mt. SAC Relays Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4840.


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Mandala Sand Painting Exhibit Featured in Mystical Arts of Tibet Series

WALNUT, Calif., March 16, 2004—Southern Californians will have a rare opportunity to witness over a five-day period the amazing creation of a colorful Mandala sand painting by the monks of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery from March 30 through April 3 at the Mt. San Antonio College Art Gallery.

On March 30, the monks will begin constructing the Mandala by drawing the design on a raised platform or base. Over the following four days, the monks will engage in the painstaking process of laying millions of grains of colored sand into an intricate design of traditional icons that include geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols.

By Saturday, April 3, the monks will complete their colorful masterpiece and conduct a closing ritual that begins at the gallery and ends at the College’s Wildlife Sanctuary, where the Mandala will be disposed. This ritual symbolizes the impermanence of all that exists in life and the need for sharing prayers and blessings with the world.

Dating back to the 11th century, Mandala sand painting is considered to be among the oldest and most unique and exquisite artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism. In Tibet, this art is called dul-tson-kyil-klor, which means “Mandala of colored powders.”

The Mandala sand painting is a key feature of Mt. SAC’s Mystical Arts of Tibet exhibition. Other related events include a performance by multiphonic singers and masked dancers in the Performing Arts Center (April 3), as well as a Far Eastern photographic exhibit in the campus Art Gallery (March 30-April 2). Images of Asia – a 12 year Journey Through the Far East captures international photographer James D. Gonzales’ fascinating journey from Bali to Kyoto. In Communicating Eastern Wisdom, Kimu Higgins shares her interpretation of eastern wisdom.

Both the Mandala and photo exhibits are free and open to the public. The Tibetan dance performance is $21 general admission, $15 for seniors, $12 for students, and $10 for children under 12 years old. A $2 parking fee is charged during weekday events in Lot B or Pay Lot B. Free 30-minute parking and handicapped parking are available south of the entrance to the Performing Arts Center.

For information regarding exhibit hours, directions or special accommodations, please contact the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Center Box Office at (909) 468-4050.

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Planetarium Presents 'Bear Tales'

WALNUT, Calif., March 18, 2004— The Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium will present a program on constellations, Bear Tales... and Other Grizzly Stories, on Friday evenings, March 26 and April 2 and 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the campus Planetarium.

Bear Tales... and Other Grizzly Stories explores the constellations of the night sky and the stories behind their names. For audiences of all ages, this program on the origins of the constellations includes stories from ancient Greece and Egypt as well as modern humorous tales. Bear Tales is a perfect program for children and includes the sing-along, "Waltzing with the Bears."

Mt. SAC multi-media planetarium shows use a variety of special effects projectors, lasers, and multi-channel surround sound. Seated under the planetarium's 35-foot dome, viewers see stars as they might away from city lights and pollution.

Admission for adults is $5, and $4 for Mt. SAC students and children under 12 (those under 4 cannot be admitted). There will be no late seating, and tickets must be bought in advance by calling the Mt. SAC Performing Arts Center box office at (909) 468-4050.


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Author Aimee Bender Featured at Mt. SAC Writers' Day

WALNUT, Calif., March 12, 2004—Best-selling author Aimee Bender will be the featured speaker for Mt. San Antonio College’s 27th Annual Writers’ Day Festival on Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. to noon, in the College’s Student Life Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Bender is the author of the best-selling The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, a collection of short stories, and An Invisible Sign of My Own, a novel.

The festival also includes the presentation of awards for the Writers’ Day contest, a student writing contest. Cash prizes of $350 for first place, $200 for second place, and $120 for third place will be awarded.

For more information about Writers’ Day, call Writers’ Day Coordinator John Brantingham at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4860.


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TUESDAY, MARCH 09, 2004

Broadway Hit, "Noises Off," Opens at Mt. SAC March 12

WALNUT, Calif., March 1, 2004 – “The funniest farce ever written” is how New York critics described the hilarious backstage farce, Noises Off, which opens Friday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at the Sophia B. Clarke Theater of Mt. San Antonio College’s Performing Arts Center, 1100 N. Grand Ave. Additional performances are set for March 13, 19 and 20 also at 8 p.m.

Michael Frayn’s brilliant, award-winning play-within-a-play is full of sidesplitting humor and bounces between love, lust, liquor, sardines, an aversion to violence and the perennial pratfalls.

Everything that can go wrong does, as a melee of characters stagger from dress rehearsal to disastrous final night, desperately trying to hang on to their lines – and the furniture – while coping with the kinetic chaos.

Noises Off was an immediate smash hit when it was brought to Broadway from London in 1983.

General admission is $10, and $8 for seniors, students and children under 12 years old. Ample parking is free.

For information regarding tickets, special and advanced seating, directions or other special arrangements, please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (909) 468-4050.


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Nursing Students to Sponsor Hawaiian Fund-Raiser

WALNUT, Calif., March 9, 2004—The Mt. SAC chapter of the California Nursing Student Association will sponsor a Hawaiian-themed fund-raising event, “The Ho’ike,” on Saturday, Mar. 20, 3 p.m., in the campus Social Sciences Lecture Hall.

The program features Polynesian dancing performances. Proceeds will benefit the California Nursing Student Association, the nursing department’s completion ceremony, and community service projects.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event.

For tickets and information, call (909) 594-5611, ext. 5115 or (626) 833-4131.


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Mt. SAC to Sponsor Program on Autism

WALNUT, Calif., March 9, 2004—The Mt. San Antonio College Psychology Department will sponsor an informational program on autism presented by the Inland Empire Autism Society on Wednesday, April 7, 4 to 6 p.m., in the College’s Social Sciences Lecture Hall, building 26B, Room 101. This event is open to the public, and admission is free.

This presentation is being held in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month in April.

For more information, call Michelle Grimes-Hillman in the Psychology Department at (909) 594-5611, ext. 3394.


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FRIDAY, MARCH 05, 2004

Mt. SAC Offers Short-Term Classes for Spring

WALNUT, Calif., March 5, 2004--Mt. San Antonio College is offering 107 short-term classes this semester, including many newly added sections that will help students get the classes they need. Many of the short-term classes begin March 15.

“The College is committed to providing access to quality education for students, and the newly added class sections will help do just that,” said Mt. SAC President Christopher O’Hearn.

Of the more than 100 short-term classes, 25 have been added within the last month. The classes range in discipline from anthropology to speech, and include sections of high-demand classes such as English. Many of the classes are nine-week sections, but some are five, three, and even one-week classes.

Full lists of the short-term classes being offered are available at the Mt. SAC bookstore and the Student Services Center. The list is also available on line at the College’s Web site, www.mtsac.edu.

Students who are currently enrolled in classes for the spring semester can register directly over the telephone at (909) 595-6722. New students or returning students who have an absence of one or more semesters need to submit an application through Student Services.

For more information, call the Admissions Office at (909) 594-5611, ext. 5571.


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THURSDAY, MARCH 04, 2004

Mt. SAC Flying Team Headed to Nationals

Walnut, CA --The Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team won the Top Community College trophy and third place overall at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Flying Association's SAFECON 2004, a regional airmeet competition featuring flying teams from colleges and universities in the Western United States, held February 13-15 in Prescott, Ariz.

With the third-place finish, the Mt. SAC Flying Team will advance to defend its title as Top Community College Flying Team in the nation at the national intercollegiate airmeet at Middle Tennessee State University in April. Mt. SAC has won the Top Community College trophy at the regional competition every year since 1989.

Mt. SAC placed third overall behind first-place Embry-Riddle University in Prescott and San Jose State University. The Mt. SAC team also won the Team Safety trophy for the second year in a row.

The Mt. SAC Flying Team consistently earns top honors as one of the best collegiate flying teams in the country. Mt. SAC won the Top U.S. Community College award at the Intercollegiate Flying Association's national airmeets in 1984, 1985, 1995, 2000, 2002, and 2003.


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Mt. SAC Achieves High Level of Employee Satisfaction

Walnut, CA . . . In an era of supermarket strikes and employee dissatisfaction, results from a recent survey reveal that employees at Mt. San Antonio College overwhelmingly enjoy their work environment and take pride in what they do.

“The results clearly demonstrate a high degree of job satisfaction among our employees, who also feel they are doing something worthwhile both professionally and socially,” said President Christopher O’Hearn.

According to a fall 2003 survey that gauged employee perspectives about their work, 97% of respondents said they take pride in their work, and 93% feel they are doing something worthwhile. Further, 81% of survey respondents said they would recommend Mt. SAC as a good place to work.

The results also cast a favorable light on the work environment at Mt. SAC in comparison to employees at other workplaces that have participated in the same survey.

“These findings are not all that surprising,” noted Barbara McNeice-Stallard, Mt. SAC’s director of research and institutional effectiveness. “Once people start working here, they quickly feel comfortable with the workplace and end up staying a long time. One reason is nearly 80% of survey respondents believe the college respects all differences in people, including gender, age, ethnicity, culture, disability, and diverse lifestyles.”

The study also found that Mt. SAC employees are more satisfied with their jobs than employees in other fields who have taken the same survey. More than three-quarters of Mt. SAC respondents (77%) are satisfied with their jobs compared to 63% of others.

While survey respondents highly rated their overall employment experience, they identified opportunities for improvement, including internal communication, greater operational efficiency, and enhanced compensation and benefits.

Mt. SAC evaluated employee attitudes through the Organizational Survey System (OSS), which has been used to gauge the perspectives of more than 47,000 employees in the manufacturing, retail, hospitality, educational, and financial industries throughout the United States.

Administered by Pearson Reid London House in Chicago, the survey was completed by 783 Mt. SAC employees, including faculty, administrators, and classified staff. McNeice-Stallard noted that this constitutes a good representative sampling of the District’s 2,500 full-time and part-time workers.


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